Great Egret at Sweet Marsh - Image 528431 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-18-18

  Wow, What a Surprise! Yesterday, when I was not carrying all of my camera equipment, I came across an adult black-crowned night heron. I was not able to shoot the type of pictures I wanted. Today I visited the same area in hopes of getting a second chance to photograph the interesting bird. As …

Garter Snake - Image 526468 - Head (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-9-18

  A Pause in the Rain = Something For Most For just a few moments today I noticed the sky was brighter than it has been over the past few days. As one of many who has desperately been waiting for a period of dryness, I quickly headed out with my Nikon to try to …

Ring-billed Gulls on Dock at Lake Red Rock - Image 526188 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-5-18 through 10-7-18

  Rainy Day Images The past few days, actually much longer than that, have been wet. Some days we have drizzle, some days we have rain, most days with have both. Clouds have hidden the sun and made for dreary attitudes. Moist or not, I decided to get out to enjoy our outdoors and the …

Backlit Pickerelweed at Sweet Marsh - Image 519672 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-18-18

  Lotus, Lilies, and More This morning I was able to spend time in one of my happy places – Sweet Marsh. When I first arrived at the marsh I was a little disappointed. The view from the boat ramp was a narrow channel bordered on both sides by aquatic vegetation that certainly would challenge …

Common Yellowthroat at Sweet Marsh - Image 515047 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-29-18

  A Quiet Morning Walk Fog, dew, quietness…perfect conditions for an early morning walk at Sweet Marsh.    Being a fellow who really enjoys a prairie, especially when early morning light is bringing it to life, I could not resist wandering through the wet wildflowers before my trek along the wetlands. I saw no plant …

American Lotus at Sweet Marsh - Image 514054 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-28-18

  Stopping to Smell the Flowers This morning – early and late – I spent time at Sweet Marsh. First I rode my bicycle to Sweet Marsh on the Sweet Water Trail. Once at the marsh I rode around on the dikes stopping to shoot pictures every now and then. As I rode past Marten’s …

Widow Skimmer Dragonfly at Sweet Marsh - Image 511417 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-4-18

  Odonata and Flora for Independence Day When we woke to warm and calm conditions on this July 4th holiday, I had to go paddling for a little while early this morning. Apparently others had the same idea since Marten’s Lake at Sweet Marsh had several people/vehicles in the parking area when I arrived.    …

Male Widow Skimmer Dragonfly and Twelve-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly at Sweet Marsh - Image 509836 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-24-18

  Hardly An Adequate Substitute Early this morning I was supposed to head north with a group of friends for a wilderness paddling adventure. Yesterday more important concerns happened that resulted in me staying back, at least for now.        To satisfy my desire to be on the water I hauled my kayak …

Killdeer Eggs at Sweet Marsh - Image 508198 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-3-18

  Getting Warmer This evening Kristy and I rode our bicycles to Sweet Marsh via the Sweet Water Trail. Our journey was at a comfortable pace and a nice outing. Once we arrived at the Wapsipinicon River, we decided to ride the dikes at Sweet Marsh to view the repairs being made to the dike …

Raccoon Swimming at Sweet Marsh - Image 507697 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-30-18

  Backyard Conflict and an Unexpected Swimmer Our nest box that I hung a little more than a week ago has become a source of conflict. What could have been an unassuming nesting location for house wrens is now the site of violent avian battles. At least one male house sparrow has been relentlessly harassing …